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Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D., Owner

The Center for Self Leadership


Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom.

This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals.

He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Richard Schwartz is the Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Richard Schwartz is a Fellow and member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy.

Online Course

The Trauma Treatment Revolution: Increase Your Effectiveness with the Latest Advances


Faculty:
Bessel Van der Kolk |  Jamie Marich |  Janina Fisher |  Lisa Ferentz |  Mary Jo Barrett |  Peter Levine |  Richard C. Schwartz |  Richard Simon
Duration:
12 Hours 31 Minutes
Product Code:
NRS001169
Media Type:
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Price:
$199.50 Standard - $399.00

Digital Seminar

New Perspectives for the Trauma Therapist: An Internal Family Systems (IFS) Approach


Faculty:
Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
3 Hours 58 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 24, 2017
Product Code:
NOS052770
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Price:
$84.99 - 2019 Sweet Sale Standard - $169.99

Digital Seminar

Healing Self: Going Beyond Acceptance to Self-Compassion


Faculty:
Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
1 Hour 53 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 25, 2017
Product Code:
NOS052900
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Price:
$29.99 - 2019 Sweet Sale Standard - $59.99

Online Course

Internal Family Systems Step by Step: IFS for Deep Healing with Richard Schwartz


Faculty:
Daniel Siegel |  Richard C. Schwartz |  Richard C. Schwartz
Duration:
7 Hours 36 Minutes
Product Code:
NRS001129
Media Type:
Online Course
Price:
$199.99 - NRS Discount Standard - $358.98

Online Course

The Master Therapist's Toolkit: Expert Approaches for Challenging Cases


Faculty:
Clifton Mitchell |  Janina Fisher |  Linda Stone Fish |  Mary Jo Barrett |  Reid Wilson |  Richard C. Schwartz |  Richard Simon |  Wendy T. Behary |  ....
Duration:
14 Hours 16 Minutes
Product Code:
NRS001146
Media Type:
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Price:
$199.99 - NRS Discount Standard - $459.91

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